The cofounder of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival and The Chicago Film Institute, Emile Cambry, is an active entrepreneur in the education system in Chicago. He is also the founder of the 21st Century Youth project which has been featured on CNN and in Crain’s Chicago Business. Aiming to bring professional entertainment to the community, Cambry takes a different approach in providing opportunity for young filmmakers.
The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival is a 100% volunteer film organization geared towards enhancing community activism and to screen quality documentaries, narratives, animations, and other films created with a monumental goal of making a difference in local neighborhoods. The festival has attracted over 1800 viewers, screened 63 films from 21 different countries, and had over 35 non state filmmakers bring their vision to Illinois screens. The event has chosen Showplace ICON theatre in Chicago as its home for the last two years.
Recently, Emile partnered up with a social enterprise organization, Jail Education Solutions (“JES”) where a half a million prison inmates will have access to watch the films submitted in the festival. Based out in Evanston, “JES” seeks to provide educational based content designed to inspire and motivate inmates into creating positive outlooks. This past May, JES took first place at Northwestern University’s “Kellogg Innovation Network Global Summit” winning $38,400 as a starter in launching the project public.
“The beautiful thing about this partnership is that we can provide motivational kind of content within the actual jail systems to hopefully reduce recidivism. We have a special category at the festival where we will be giving away over $6,000 worth of prizes for the best film that fits this particular category”.
Cambry is a business professor teaching microeconomics, consumer behavior and entrepreneurship at North Park University. Serving as a technology guru spokesperson, he offers his expertise to many different conventions and conferences.
Although the festival is only in its second year, it is predicted to grow in Chicago within the next few years. Other current partnerships include Northwestern Law School, Roosevelt University and DePaul University.
This year the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival will take place at the Showplace ICON theatre on Friday, September 27th-29th. Tickets are open to the public. To stay updated with entertainment events in Chicago follow me on Twitter, like my facebook page, and check me out on IMDB.